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NERC Conducts Public Hearing On National Enforcement / Content Regulations

13.02.14 -05

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has concluded a public hearing on the draft regulations on Enforcement and National Content, in line with the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act (2005).

The program, which was well attended took place on Thursday, 13 February, 2014 at the Commission’s head office in Adamawa Plaza, Central Business District, Abuja.

The public hearing served as a forum for the Commission to interface with a range of individual stakeholders and groups to garner valuable opinion and comments on the two regulations, which had been made available for public comments about a year ago.


The Chairman/CEO of the Commission, Dr. Sam Amadi gave this indication in his welcome remark, stating that, “The regulations have been in the works for more than a year now. They were sent to stakeholders, the distribution and generation companies, and institutions including the World Bank, European Union, and International Monetary Fund, whom we received comments from”.

According to him, the process was rigorous, as a lot of work had gone into it but noted that with public input, more incisive comments can be gathered and included in the two regulations.

Dr. Amadi, however, decried the activities of some public interest groups, who often would not attend public hearings in order to see to the final obligation that will be placed on licensees in this regard, but are quick to scandalize and criticize policies of government.

He appealed to interest groups to be more participatory in public consultations, stating, “We must be public spirited, let’s not think that the regulator has all the answers”.

Commissioner of Legal, Licensing, and Enforcement, Dr. Steven Andzenge buttressed Dr. Amadi’s point that the Commission saw the need for the two regulations and considered them imperative to the success of the new electricity industry in Nigeria.

He said that the process has been successful, stating that, “What we have succeeded in putting in place is not different from what is already in existence in our law. The act gives us the power to set up the regulations as well as get the public involved”.

The enforcement regulation is premised on the need to ensure orderly transformation of the electricity industry that would promote competition and efficient service delivery.

Enforcement law gives the Commission the power to warn, suspend and revoke licenses even as it maintains its position as an unbiased referee for the electricity market.

The National Content Regulation provides for the development of Nigerian Content as key components for project execution. It also gives priority to qualified Nigerian to be hired by operators for all works and services.

The regulation urges all licensees to submit employment and training plan at the end of each financial year to the Commission for review-such that qualified Nigerians are not bypassed.

It is expected that licensees working through subsidiaries shall demonstrate that a minimum of 51% of the equipment deployed for execution of work are owned by the Nigerian subsidiary.


Dr. Usman Abba Arabi - Head, Public Affairs Department